LinkAnnapolis & You
We’re not your run-of-the-mill networking group. Annapolis is a small town. We’re all neighbors. A close-knit community. We want to build relationships that last, not just for networking success. LinkAnnapolis means no memberships, no fees, just a chance to share handshakes, opportunities, and ideas with your hometown neighbors.
During the economic downturn in 2009, Jeff Cochran, then President of Exclamation Communications (ECI), realized that doing business “status quo” wasn’t enough anymore. Budgets were tight and he needed to network a lot more to keep things going. After attending a successful networking event near Washington D.C., Jeff decided it was time to get one going in his own backyard. Working with Tom O’Leary, Owner of several local Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants, and Jeff Ostenso, Owner of Ironmark Printing, the invitation went out to friends and contacts to come together to meet and encourage one another in a no-obligation, friendly, and fun networking atmosphere. In April, 2010, the first LinkAnnapolis event launched to an overwhelmingly positive response from all who attended.
In October 2016, Jeff passed the torch to long-time friend and business colleague Michael Carico. Michael is the President of AbleSpark, a local website and web application development firm that has been serving the greater Annapolis area since 2002. Michael, who was at the first LinkAnnapolis event in April 2010, says that “it is an honor to take on this role and responsibility.” Under Michael’s leadership, LinkAnnapolis will continue to host events each month in and around Annapolis to bring professionals together to connect and build genuine relationships.
LinkAnnapolis continues to grow each month, and at every event, we hear how much people are loving the casual vibe and high caliber of business owners who attend.
To see even more photos of the fun events we have, click here.
LinkAnnapolis Principles for Networking Success
Meaningful discussions build genuine friendships.
No gossip and appreciating differences produces trust.
Honesty, integrity, and walking the talk generates referrals.
It’s all about the attitude.
Fun, friendliness, and transparency makes one memorable.
It’s not all about you. Strive to understand others’ problems or needs.
Willingness to reach out and help others expand their network goes far, indeed.
When are events?
Events are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Who should go?
If you own a business, run a business, or are in sales for a business in the greater Annapolis area, LinkAnnapolis is for you.
Is there a fee for LinkAnnapolis? Do I need to join?
Neither. No fee, no membership, no obligation. However, we do request that you register for each event so we can get a head count for space and appetizers.
What should I expect?
LinkAnnapolis is a come as you are, arrive when you want, leave when you want event. We always have a monthly prize drawing from our “business card in a bowl” at 6:00PM, so you’ll want to be around for that (you must be present to win). Past prizes have included a dinners for two, $50 Amazon gift cards, and tickets to the movies. Other than that, you’re on your own to meet your neighbors, make new contacts, and maximize business your opportunities.
When you walk in the door, we ask that you visit our registration table to simply check in, drop a card in the bowl for the drawing, and get a nametag. After that, you are free to socialize and form new friendships and business contacts!
Buy your own drinks, but appetizers are graciously provided by either our monthly sponsor or the venue host!
What should I bring?
Bring a few buckaroos for a drink or three, some business cards, and a genuine smile.
Can I bring flyers and promotional brochures?
You may bring whatever you’d like to personally hand to others, however, we do not accommodate for a table of materials at these events. People are more inclined to shake your hand and receive a business card than to gather a bag full of handouts. Think networking, not trade show!
Can I bring a friend?
If your friend owns, runs, or work in sales for a business, absolutely. Please make sure that they register in advance too.
Note: please limit attendance to 2 representatives per company.
What if I don’t know anyone?
Great! You might do better in making new friends and contacts than those who only huddle with the people they already know.
Can I eat dinner there?
Absolutely! If you meet someone and decide to talk further over dinner or want to call your main squeeze or family to meet you for dinner afterwards, go for it! We definitely want to show our support to the restaurants who have graciously provided our venues. If you stay or come back for dinner later, please make sure to tell them that you are there because of LinkAnnapolis!